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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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Eco-friendly lighting firm gains wattage after recessionRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
Eco Lighting Solutions in Fishers designs and sells induction lighting, which costs less to install than LED and requires less energy than fluorescent. Induction lights work a lot like cheaper fluorescent ones, but don’t burn out as quickly.
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'Prototyper' sees business gain fizzRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
TWeatherford Inc. was launched in 2006 as a reseller for additive manufacturing equipment, often called 3D printers or rapid prototypers. It has done well with the machinery sales and rentals, but has begun providing actual manufacturing services on a larger scale.
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Startup's stuffed toys help kids do goodRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Promise Monsters makes and sell plush toys that promote kindness through secret “missions” kids are asked to complete.
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Startup aims to take business cards into digital ageRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis entrepreneur Nick Carter thinks he’s found a way to eliminate the “black hole” of marketing data: smart business cards that track how recipients use them.
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Image consultant aims to meld personal, professional stylesRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sola Adelowo, a certified image consultant and owner of Indianapolis-based ImageCube LLC, uses a surprisingly scientific process that starts with a personality-type assessment and results in custom-style kits and an illustrated wardrobe guide.
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Firm finds opportunity helping employers with hiringRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Rushville-based Barada Associates Inc. specializes in helping business clients make good hiring decisions—services that have become more popular as companies find themselves inundated with eager applicants looking for work.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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Startup coaches clients on datingRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Miss Pivot is a social-skills training company that offers one-on-one coaching from professional “wing” women, group classes on topics like starting conversations, and now a mobile app that promises users the knowledge they need to “Fire Cupid.”
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Contractor uses 'process mapping' to overhaul businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ProClad Inc. founder Brad Hitzfield invested in a 30-year business veteran to help him remake his specialty construction firm when profits couldn't keep pace with revenue.
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Owner launches HVAC business after selling family firmRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Larry Howald sold his father’s 40-employee HVAC business to Lennox in 2000 during a wave of industry consolidation. He stayed with the firm for a decade, but has now left to strike out on his own again.
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Not all fun and games for north-side comedy clubRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
New owners' focus on business practices, bigger-name comedians put Morty’s Comedy Joint on stronger footing.
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Homegrown firm creates stir with Bloody Mary mix

July 23, 2011
Andrew Smith
Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary mix started 18 months ago and already is a profitable entity available in 350 locations and six states. This month, Hoosier Momma expanded into Kentucky, thanks to a deal with national distribution giant Southern Wine and Spirits.
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Big-box connection helps duo fight microbesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson-based company plans to take on popular disinfectants like Lysol with a mold-preventive product that its two founders have already convinced national home-improvement chain Home Depot to sell.
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Custom work helps tiny sign shop land big clientsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Maria LaMagna
ACS Sign Solutions is a small Hoosier company with a far reach, landing recent deals to create signs for The New York Times offices and Avon Cosmetics’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan.
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Startup aims to make online car shopping easierRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The horrible experience John Kohlmeyer's mother had trying to shop for a car online inspired him to create DriveVelocity, a company that not only overhauls dealer websites but also packages all their Web-based customer-relationship tools.
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Rise of machines bodes well for tech firm Mesh SystemsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The founder of Mesh Systems, a company that develops wireless “machine-to-machine” communications software and hardware, says his products have countless applications. Earlier this month, Mesh closed on a $2.5 million private placement from investors in Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Wrecker business emerges from sad circumstancesRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Sean Morrison
After Tammy and Tony Hanna each lost a parent to cancer, the couple took $175,000 from their parents’ life-insurance policies to start Hanna’s Wrecker Service. It opened in October 2008 with five trucks and 13 employees, and now has seven trucks and 17 workers, and plans to move to a larger site that will allow for additional growth.
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Holy Cross startup sees plenty of room for more craft brewers

December 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
A startup brewery called Flat 12 Bierwerks has ignited a revival along lonely Dorman Street in Holy Cross, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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Office-supply cooperative Stationers lands big contractRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A local company whose mission is to help mom-and-pop office-products dealers survive has a new weapon in the fight against big-box retailers.
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Production firm turns out TV shows without leaving state

November 27, 2010
Sam Brattain
Indiana-based MMY Productions, an independent production company that specializes in reality TV, is working on a new show that chronicles action at Terre Haute's Crossroads Raceway.
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Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.
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Surveillance trailblazer Exacq Technologies touts big clients, rapid growthRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Clever adaptation of new technology has helped propel Exacq Technologies’ dizzying 1,624-percent growth rate in the last three years.
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Funeral company in 129th year keeps fresh perspectiveRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers sometimes stretches the definition of “funeral” to stay relevant after nearly 130 years. The family-owned business began downtown and has grown northward along with the city’s population. Today, it has 14 funeral centers and conducted 2,200 funerals last year.
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Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.
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